Four Campaigns Speak Out on Title IX, Student Government Transparency at SG 2022 Debate | News


Eight student government presidential and vice-presidential candidates spoke on campus issues at SG’s annual debate on Thursday, including Title IX and SG Transparency.

The four campaigns, EVOLVE, RISE, Scott-Rovere and F*** Around and Find Out, answered 10 questions from moderator Madison Latiolais, chair of the Debate Commission.

The campaigns were entitled to 30-second rebuttals if acknowledged by the moderator, but neither candidate took advantage of the opportunity throughout the debate.

Title IX

All applicants agreed that while the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX has taken steps in the right direction to promote diversity and inclusion on campus and improve the university’s handling of sexual assault cases , There is still a lot to do.

FAFO presidential candidate and top architecture official Harris Quadir said he wanted to start “preventive trainings within the student body” to focus on prevention. They also said they would fight for more funding for the Title IX office.

“The funding isn’t there and it’s something we absolutely plan to fight for in the state legislature,” said FAFO vice-presidential candidate Matt McClure.

Scott-Rovere’s running mate Isabella Rovere said she worked closely with the Title IX office during her time at SG. Rovere thinks the office has done a great job, but there is still a “need for improvement” and would like to see more funding for the office.

EVOLVE campaign chair, political communications junior Lizzie Shaw, said it was difficult for students to access Title IX resources. One of the campaign initiatives is to create a Title IX dashboard so students can track Title IX progress.

Colin Raby, RISE presidential candidate and mechanical engineering junior, agreed the office was headed in the right direction. He also claimed that the bureau failed to comply with Husch Blackwell’s recommendation that the bureau hire two Title IX investigators.

However, the Husch Blackwell report recommended at least two full-time Title IX investigators, available to the office. The only unmet recommendation is “regularly measure climate and effectiveness,” which will be checked off in the spring of 2023, according to Jane Cassidy, acting vice president of Civil Rights & Title IX.

SG efficiency

In a strange moment in the debate, all the candidates refused to answer two questions from the moderator.

When asked who their ticket would endorse for the next Student Senate President, all of the candidates declined to answer as they did not believe it was their job to influence the students’ choice in the matter.

Candidates also declined to say who their ticket would rank second on their ballot.

Presidential candidates were asked if they intended to serve on the supervisory board. Scott, Shaw and Raby said yes and underscored their confidence in their running mates. Quadir said he would like to meet with student body presidents from other LSU campuses before making a decision, but would still like to serve.

Candidates were asked what they thought was the biggest issue impacting SG’s effectiveness.

Quadir said the branches need to work better together and SG should not take themselves too seriously.

“We have to do things more at a level that is not so serious,” Quadir said. “Everything is done so seriously in student government. People tend to argue and fight, so we need to break down their barriers and work together.

Scott-Rovere presidential candidate Devin Scott said SG needs to focus on student outreach and become more involved with student resources.

“As student body president, your first job is with the student body and your second job is to be CEO of student government,” Scott said. “I’m more concerned with the day-to-day struggles of the student body and the inner workings of issues and the politics of issues.”

Shaw and his running mate, psychology junior Nicholas St. Mary, said the division between branches is a key issue affecting SG’s effectiveness.

“It’s very difficult to have three different branches on one page, which we really tried to implement in our campaign,” St. Mary said. “One of our key values ​​is collaboration, we want to make sure that we collaborate not only with our staff, but with the whole student body.”

RISE vice-presidential candidate Georgia Peck said her campaign plans to streamline outreach with social media to ensure students get the information they need from SG. Raby also said that the division and petty politics also affect SG’s effectiveness.

“Our name is Rise and that’s partly because as a senator I’ve seen some of the petty politics that happen with student government,” Raby said. “We will rise above petty politics and focus only on implementing effective actions that have a real impact on our students.”

SG Transparency

All applicants agreed that updating websites and increasing student awareness are important steps in making SG more transparent.

St. Mary said Shaw has done a lot of work updating the website and they plan to make themselves more available for students to contact.

“We send out an entire form for a gig to see who we want, but we don’t send out forms to see what they want from us on initiatives,” St. Mary said. “So sending out forms like I think would be super impactful to get more students to have their voices heard.”

Rovere said she and Scott thought it was important to take the initiative to reach out to students and connect with them. They also plan to do a monthly student body update in the form of an email to keep students informed of what is happening on SG issues.

“There’s no way for us to get that feedback without researching it first and showing that we genuinely care about their concerns and that it’s not just the people in student government who drive us, but rather the student body that connects with us,” Rovere said.

Peck said her background as a journalism major helps her understand how crucial transparency is between SG and student media. Raby said engaging on social media, updating the website, and meeting students where they are by talking to different student organizations and asking them what they need will increase transparency.

FAFO believes transparency can be improved by using the scrolling banners on myLSU and TigerLink, as well as a weekly newsletter with sections like “this week in senate” and “what’s new in exec” that students can subscribe to. subscribe. They would also like to work with LSU to send out an email once every semester about what happened at SG.

The moderator asked Rovere how she would handle being vice president of the student body and president of her sorority, Alpha Phi, if elected. Rovere said his leadership will translate into both roles.

“I used my leadership experience at Alpha Phi to learn three core values ​​of being a leader and a team leader: empowering, communicating and delegating,” Rovere said. “These three qualities I learned as Team Leader of the Alpha Phi Executive Council, I will also apply alongside Devin as Vice President of the Student Body.”

The moderator asked Hariss and McClure to respond to rumors that they were both planning to study abroad next year, to which they confirmed the rumor, but Hariss said he would reconsider. if he was elected. McClure said they “will be there for the students” if they win.

“If elected to this position, it’s something I would seriously consider and reconsider, but you take it one step at a time,” Harris said. “Today I’m here, tomorrow I might not be, so that’s something I can’t really answer right now.”


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